IRHA discusses terms, conditions

Jill Pearson

The Inter-Residence Hall Association discussed the 2001-2002 Terms and Conditions after they were presented by the Department of Residence during their meeting Thursday night.Randy Alexander, director of residence, said there will be a 5 percent increase in room and board through 2004, adding up to $15 for residence hall students each year. IRHA will vote on the bill at their meeting this week.”This increase is primarily being proposed because the university raised health benefits substantially and also because of the cost of natural gas,” Alexander said.He also said the increase is less than increases at both the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa.”The University of Iowa and UNI will both have 7 percent increases,” he said. “Within the Big 12, ISU’s rates are lower than eight of the 12.”IRHA will vote on two parts of the increase. One will be a basic increase which will continue to provide the same level of services, and the other will call for additional services such as ethernet, voice mail and cable television.Alexander also talked about adjustments to the Wilson Hall plan after the Department of Residence conducted a survey with Towers Residence Association residents. The hall will make a shift to upperclassmen housing in double-as-a-single rooms this fall. Rooms will also be refurbished with new carpet and furniture.”If Wilson is popular, as our survey suggests it will be, we will follow by doing the same thing in Wallace,” Alexander said.In other business, parliament approved a bill to give Noble House of Friley Hall $2,000 for their Veishea float. Andy Walling, Richardson Court Association president, said he would like to see IRHA members continue to support the floor’s efforts.”I think it’s a great idea that the residents get involved with Veishea in this way,” he said. “I wish them the best of luck.”Paul Duncan, IRHA president, also announced the three locations picked for the newspaper trial period. The new plan provides each association with copies of USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the Des Moines Register and the Ames Tribune for a two-week period. The goal of the program is to increase student interest in world news.Duncan said the papers will be located in the Maple-Willow-Larch Commons, Friley Hall Desk and Wallace-Wilson Commons because they tend to have the most traffic during the day. Representatives will be at each location to survey students regarding the project Feb. 12, he said.